Thursday, May 27, 2010

I can do anything.

Yesterday was my 34th birthday. I am officially in my “mid-thirties”, lol. But I’m okay with that! Older and hopefully wiser!

Diane (The Incredible Shrinking Family) left a comment on my Facebook page yesterday, where she said, “This is your year.”

So many people think of the beginning of one’s year being January 1. But Diane’s right – our “year” should begin with the day we are born! I appreciate her saying that, because it really made me think.

This is my year.

I have been struggling for a long time.
Struggling in my childhood.
Struggling as a single mom.
Struggling in my marriage.
Struggling with abuse.
Struggling with weight loss.
Struggling with finances.
Struggling with school.
Struggling with my job.
Struggling as a single parent (again).
Struggling with self-esteem.
Struggling with friendships.

Finally, finally… I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. After 15+ years of school (on and off) I am now certified to teach. I now have a teaching job doing what I’ve been wanting to do for such a long time, Special Education.

I was talking to the ex the other night, and he was telling me how proud he was of my getting my new job. He knows (and acknowledged) how hard I’ve worked to get here. But he said something that really made me think.

“You have now proven you can do anything you set your mind to. You have your dream job. The only other thing I know you’ve worked this hard on is your weight loss. Just imagine, Hollie, if you got down to your weight goal, too. You can do it, you know. That would be so great for you.”

My ex is a lot of things – asshole being the first word that comes to mind.

But he knows me. He knows how much I really want to lose this weight.

Now is my time. This is going to by MY year. I feel it.


  1. Happy B-lated birthday Hollie! It does sound like this is going to be your year.
    I wish you nothing but happiness.

  2. You've got this! Isn't it amazing how excelling in one area of our lives can motivate us to do better in other areas?

    Happy Birthday yesterday!

    Ps....cute top!

  3. If you can conceive it, if you believe it, then you can achieve it!!!

  4. oo....this post just JACKED ME UP!!! This is your year!!! Every day is a new day for Hollie to become the person that she desires!!! You can do this mama!! I'm behind you 100%. By the're beautiful!! Every time I see a new pic I think, "She's so pretty!" Thought you should know...again!

  5. Happy Birthday and yes you can do anything. A saying I hear a long time ago has always stuck with me, I CAN DO IT, I WILL DO IT, CONSIDER IT DONE. IT doesn't matter how long it take either we can get it done. Way to go on graduating and your dream job, you've earned it.

  6. congrats!

    u are an inspiration to us all!

    check out my blog pls

  7. Congratulations on your new insight. I totally relate to every one of those struggles. It is definately the year of change and grabbing that which we have earned, but didn't believe we deserved. You go, girl.

  8. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Be grateful you are getting this at a young age. You are not going to waste anymore time on the bad stuff. Nothing but new adventures ahead!! Hugs!

  9. Totally your year...I can see:)

  10. That's it, girl!!!! Use all those struggles as fuel to FIGHT! This *is* your year! :)

  11. Hi. New to your bog. Been following for a few days and after reading this post, I just have to say YOU GO GIRL! You are so right. You CAN do it!

  12. Happy Birthday, Hollie!

    Here's another birthday gift for won the giveaway on my blog! If you could send me your address at I will get your book off to you asap!

  13. I love this post Hollie! There is so much positivity in it! And Di was definitely right when she said.... "This Is Your Year"! I can feel it!!! So, go get it girl!!!

  14. Your ex knows that you can do it.
    Your family knows that you can do it.
    WE know that you can do it...

    It's time for you to discover that you can do it!!!

  15. Awesome! I love your attitude to take control and make your life what you want it. That is what I am trying to do as well and make this my year too. My husband and I are both on a weight loss journey. You can check out our blog at:
    You can do it!!!

  16. What a great attitude!

    Your comment about how so many of us think of a year starting on January 1st made me giggle. I think you'll soon find that as a teacher you will begin to think of years in school years.

    So when someone says, "when was that? Last year or year the before?" you'll be thinking in school years, and they'll be thinking in calendar years.

    I am so glad you got that dream job and hope your teaching career is as meaningful as my six years in the profession were.

    Happy Birthday!

  17. Congratulations. Transformations aren't easy. If they were, everyone would be on the journey. You can do this.

  18. I know this is harsh...but we choose to struggle or not.

    It's something that I have had to realise, it's a hard pill to swallow...but so empowering once we do get that.

    Everyday life is a choice.

  19. This is going to be your time to shine!! =) Every day is a new day, and you will make the best of it.

  20. Congratulations on becoming a teacher! It is seriously the most rewarding job, I can't wait to go back. This definitely is "your year"! I am also doing a weight loss blog, come by and check it out - we can support eachother.

  21. Happy BIrthday to you. My mother who shares your birthday use to tell me all the time your birtday is the day of new. Every year on your birth you should refresh, Reflect and renew. She passed away from kidney disease related to obesity. Every year I remember those words and I remember her.

    You go girl! You can do it and a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


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